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just. smacks that's the way the. ground work for a nation of surveillance technology located in every interview mr carteret door. within the context of having lost all imagination. to becoming more and more hunter s. thompson as we go along we see this blue skies up ahead we went through the cleansing the laundry and now we're on the other side and it's all blue skies again we've been baptized now we are ready to embrace our inner florida florida woman so . if we jump into an alligator and that's how this. did the. scene augustine is the perfect place to
end. all ready to surrender to florida man to brace our inner florida man. you know we learned a lot on this journey max we basically learned that we hail from swamp we are swamp and no matter what the swamp shines through you don't need to linear thought in this town or this country or this universe just go with what you know go with the flow only dead fish go with the stream you gotta fight the stream spawn. to the place of your birth and this is where we were all born where haunted by the past being chased back to the swamp from which we all came i feel the chase breath of the past breathing down my neck daily trying to pull me back into the whether it's the tar pit in los angeles or the swamp of st augustine it's. center of the earth the gravitational force pulling on hope. you can hide the swamp
stinky and it's real murky but basically all life at one point crawled out of the swamp oh it's stinky but it's stinking good all that's right just comes out of the murk and the depths nothing really great come out of something that's pure virginal white that's where it's all happened and happens down in the dirt stinky stink that's where the good stuff so that's why i get by the end of this journey is quite steak. and try to be in stocks my school car. hello hi. i'm stacy i'm susan. i sent you to. the oldest house that we claim. technically i'm
a historian so i'm always skeptical. i think that's a good way to but we have no we have we have documentation that we're standing here in the seven hundred twenty six so it could be older than that before that it was st augustine and monks no that's that's an old advertisement that was made up one hundred years ago and is incorrect now across the street with the monastery they were across the street but now that's an advertisement one thousand nine hundred ten or something like that it was a fake maybe it was fake. everywhere we've gone across america and there's always like legends and goes and made up stories selling tourists coming to this town yeah i have worked here a long time as a historian and so it's kind of interesting the mix between. doing doing history selling history and then the history of selling history the history of selling history is interest which is which is a whole different aspect well this is what we've been doing on our journey is love
. the history of this country and much of it was actually a myth it was kind of exaggerated but even axis family were sold by william penn got a lot of germans to come over to pennsylvania and they actually put posters in the palace night region of germany that said it was like shangri-la and everybody arrived and half of them died because it was actually a song that happened to an awful lot of people have been in the same situation or they would be there with them over they get them over here is indentured servants and they didn't they didn't survive and the other thing was you know that not only did they put them there they hardly ever had enough supplies to feed people if you let me show you around because this is the oldest house in florida. for days from the seven hundred twenty s. but the grounds don't look old at all and it's not what they would have been at the time now we were in new orleans and you mentioned you're familiar with new orleans but one thing we found was that it was a catholic city surrounded by all sort of protestant areas right and became very
decadent you could of course like commit all sorts of sins on thursday friday and saturday night and then go to confession and say you know be forgiven for your sense so st augustine the spanish catholics they seem a little bit more us there than the french ones running that they were a little more austere but when book when florida and of course st augustine became part of the united states in the early eight hundred twenty s. the americans i mean there's just this surge of americans that wanted to you know get rich in florida on what land selling cotton things like that i but they they really did not like the catholic practices in saying augustine we had a very minor mardi gras carnival yeah you know and they talked about how decadent it was and the editor of the newspaper who was northern you know complained about this sort of they would have this pseudo burials you know they'd march in the street with the coffin and things like that and he and the northern editor of the
brand new newspaper complained about this so the next time they had their little coffin parade they put the editor in the coffin not the editor of. the editor marching down the street is that gonzo journalism you know that's become sounds like twentieth century journalism where the facts don't matter really it's about the story of the story and what how did you put it the history of the history the history of doing history the history of doing history i mean that's the history of selling history as art the same thing in history that is gonzo journalism in a way just the way you have you know you have to appeal to what people i mean you know look look how pirates have become so important. in in visitation and things such as that they were all was that i did an article two weeks ago about being on the other side being on the receiving end of a pirate and what it felt like if you want to play pirate you'd better be the pirate. and not be the not be the people they're attacking that's.
element to the pirates right because the pirates are seen as the roic and they're now in hollywood as being the fabulous two you know are cute and so this is revisionism this is the history of selling yesterday once again it definitely was a star i am and you know we've been as you point out there's a sister is very hard to find the real history from the soul history the fake history and trying to find like an american identity and it seems very allusive. kind of quarry to find something that really represents. the american character and you know a story and how would you describe to say the american character how would i describe the mirror character. you know from the start we were told that americans are exceptional i'm not so sure we're all that exceptional and most of us learn and maybe never learn much more just because they don't have to learn our history in school and history as it's taught in school is largely done to encourage patriotism
which i'm not opposed to patriotism but that's not the same thing as history because it tends to be a very one sided perspective what do you think about those trying recently to a racist or especially in some of the southern history and history the confederate in the confederate army that your thoughts on this i have you know ambivalent feelings about that and they're doing feelings i think if you a race too much you are people don't realize it ever happened which means slight which means they're not. they're not aware if it happens again they don't wreck they don't recognize it but i also just recently served on the confederate monument . committee here to tekken textural is a put in the historical context i think that's a good idea to put it into context and we had some pushback but you know that there are multiple sides to it and we talked about you know the the the confederate war debt to whom the monument is dedicated but also that the emancipation proclamation
was probably read twenty feet from where the i'm the oldest buildings in the country no they're not the oldest buildings in the country and we can thank the english for burning the challenge more than once for that and also a hurricane or two. after the previous stage of my career was over everyone wondered what i was going to do next the multiple different clubs on one hand it is logical to sort of know from fields where everything is familiar on the other i wanted a new challenge and a fresh perspective and i'm used to surprising people and us old or not so you think. i'm going to talk about football not for you or else you just think i was going to do it.
by the way what isn't the. question countries are very reluctant to recognize the fact that as that as one might formally and also to make that they were perhaps stronger and condemning them or siding against and so with glee in the early stages of the war so their entire families would want as you ation where this is serious reconstructed by the base you know ways in which he started by a third power not russia and iran not by the west and by the g.c.c. or by china. my seven years doing drugs my nephews was still in drugs my sister just with doing drugs it was like an epidemic of drug abuse america's public enemy number one in the united states is drug abuse started going after the users in
a prison population sewer we started treating sick people people who are addicted to these drugs like criminals while i was on the hill. with the war on drugs. there are countless numbers of people who are in prison for. sins for boren or minor offenders in the drug trade it's a lot watching your children grow up an issue in waves and say by day as you're walking out of a business it's just it doesn't get easier. during the great depression which are old enough to remember there was most of the family were working. there wasn't it was bed much worse objective listen today but there was an expectation of the things were going to get better. there was a real sense of hopefulness there isn't today today's america was shaped by the ten
principles of concentration of wealth and power. reduced democracy attack solo doubt engineer elections manufacture consent and other prince holds according to no i'm chomsky one set of rules for the rich opposite. that's what happens when you put power into the hands of. sector of wilf which will is dedicated to increasing power for chills just as you'd expect one of the most influential intellectuals of our time speaks about the modern civilization of america. all right eric yes great to catch up with you likewise likewise so why don't you just give us a breakdown what exactly do you do so i am
a supervisory agent. law enforcement agent for the federal government. i've been there for twelve years of switching agencies i've been but if it's for about fifteen years total and before that i work for the sheriff's department los angeles. and i want to follow this man ok you know if you're going to know. my head is always going in the face. of the spot versus spot there what do you think when you see when you see something like this i would have to actually ask the individual what their purpose are in tears i don't i don't make assumptions i see the confederate flag and you know some people would assume or as an african-american man i automatically take offense to well i would ask the individual you know what's the intent behind the flag i mean without any. preconceived notions just talk about it i'm open to it i mean because i've actually seen people with flags that i've gone up to and had great conversations with so
it's not an automatic deal breaker would say oh you've got a confederate flag you and i stand on two different sides of the situation where the mood in the country right now same to be to associate confederate flag with aberrant behavior and so there's a real movement out there in the country to get rid of this past and to associate these images and symbols was. something that's completely unacceptable all is well here how do you weigh in on that. i think that once again it's i don't think anyone's ever bothered to ask what the confederate flag means to those who wave it proudly. it's. that made the. i mean there are some people right clearly right now that have issues with the american flag with the star-spangled banner once again it has that that's a discussion that has to be seen as i guess fact of what we were saying about the identity of the country a lot of people have a difficult different view of the country from their point of view completely
different view of what the country is all about and i think what we're saying also is at the moment it's really difficult to find a common ground and that ability to find that common ground is a challenge to even more because of the militarization of the police like any even the right to assemble to have a conversation about what the common ground is considered potentially a threat and. the criminal activity so these rights are being impinged upon and a very unhealthy direction do you have hope is there a hope for the future how do you look ahead yes i do hold on to hope because without hope what we have i mean i believe hope is what inspires us to continue to invoke change and without hope i would not be doing what i do and i would not have impacted the people who i have seen change and just from my real interaction with an entire backpack full of copper wire that he just stole from a construction site and i had to make a choice was i better to teach him
a lesson right there. and figure out if i could change his mentality or i could ruin his life and put him in jail and that's exactly what they would have been he would have felony convictions and he wouldn't even get a job he actually worked for the company still from college at night and asked him so what's going on why are you in this circumstance what's going on that you're still this wired he told me i could not make my rent this month i'm getting ready to take that i have two children and i'm a single dad i'm not making excuses i made a terrible decision so now your decisions ten times worse because you're going to lose your kids are going to jail you lose your job and you're going to get felony convictions so i'm approaching the back of the car and you could think about that for fifteen minutes while i do paperwork and i'll take you to. he sat back there and cried and cried he cried and then fifteen minutes later took him out the car to behave himself i said today's your lucky day you go you know put the wire back if i ever see you doing it again you're absolutely going to jail for this crime as well as the new crime but there was a lesson to be right and so he's going to day but i want to mention that you also.
appreciate the chance from time to time. breathing a little bit some room for. a different outcome than just. you broke the law you go to jail time for things. a moment there humanity if you're in that that's really what drove drives me to be a law enforcement is. the officer discretion officer discretion is very powerful tool and i told my agents to work for me so what is the most powerful weapon you have and you know some people rattle off a baton and i get my hands again you know if your presence is not your your biggest tool is also discretion that is your most powerful weapon is officer discretion how do you. say. yes exactly. right absolutely and it was it was very profound it was it was comedic but the only say no to him a lot of strong points i mean if you don't want to go to jail don't do what you have to do to go to jail is that simple believe in some sort of redemption because
you were talking about the confederate flag and you would talk to that guy over here you saw a guy doing a bad thing stealing somebody else's property and you saw that it was possible for him to read deem him self we have sort of a moment right now in this country where you do see people wanting to just deep platform people with ugly ideas or opinions and anybody who post to me must pay the frog and there's never any good to conference. which again on a micro level seems ridiculous when we have whole state departments to go talk to bad guys across the world you know in order to communicate in it like find a common ground absolute. don't be a bad guy ok and doesn't feel like we we should talk who are our absolutely and that's really what it comes down to is a lot of these situations can be resolved with conversation we need to understand where people come from and we need to respect differences doesn't mean the run agree at the end of the day but we can respect that you have an opinion i have an
opinion and what makes is going to great is that we're allowed to have those opinions because in some countries you don't get paid and if you do express your opinion it's going to result in serious consequence exactly and it often seems like maybe their bad opinion is based on mis education or are being fed bad ideas or only listening to one sort of opinion so if they if that guy with a confederate flag here is your side of the story sure story he might or she might think something different absolutely i'm not subsided in agony like dirty harry. what's going to be pong you know that i'm sure. that's a whole nother episode some of these are just for the opportunity to talk about those. but yeah what would you count as suspicious activity by florida everything you. think of that one over there this is where florida man jumped in. goes through your
mind looking at these and go hey she i wonder what it would be like to jump in there and go hang out with these alligators oh they're fighting my god this is that rule. they're just slugs just lying there in wait ready to pounce on any dime you make they're like turning into demands on him and starting in. alligator back and forth through hundreds hundreds of millions of years of time we have d.n.a. that we share with them they have d.n.a. they share with us some molecular silo level we're. part of each other but they're completely. still and they are drawing in. thirty years and this is. one of. these you're. looking at me. just make sure to tell this to the news if i. open your mouth hunter hunter
hunter hunter. come on. there. you go. so this is what happened to hunter s. thompson after he got shot out of the cannon under this been re-incarnated. back that's going to be my hunter s. thompson reincarnated as an alligator. right back so you feel like nervous because i know. you got to. florida takes
a selfie with peter impressed and that's the only florida man. who went on the journey knowing that i would be a cathartic journey and i would see america for what it really is all happened you know we made fun of florida man and then we realized that that is america trump is america so now you are florida man i've fused with my spirit animal the alligator you know we're in the pit there with with hunter and now i see it i see where this is all going now i and i understand how average fits in because without that krypto well we can all come together like we need to that's the beauty of it so you are florida man now just to be clear until you get into the pit with alligators you really don't. understand florida man and therefore you don't understand america i may never understand men as a result but i love the publicist the other thing we learned is that you can't drain the swamp it's impossible because once you get to the swamp you become
one with the alligators and you become the song it's hard to describe but till you see what it's like to be with the alligators you cannot appreciate alligator man and florida man and therefore our president and therefore the voters of this country wow what a trip yeah you know we're getting ready for the next you know series and we solved america kind of what it's all about well yeah it's definitely comes from the swamp and it lives in the swamp and it's about entrepreneurial ism within the swamp and now it's the globe you know we're thinking maybe africa europe asia i mean what where do you where would you recommend we were going to take the average message that really is in the midst clearly right i think we should find as many animals as we can for you to put t. shirts on that involve you putting your life a great personal risk you are ready and i'm in the car i'm looking for it's american the moment all right. we'll go to florida man actually
no. florida. well there's two terms. here on the trip manifest destiny and the second together because i am strong a certain mindset that suggests that anything that gets in the way of progress read white people is to be destroyed and of course the first wave one west and it killed all the native population then the next wave went south and it killed all the black african population now the third way is the final way is the way that will kill all the white people because they run out of everybody else to. quiet down trying to take all this information and actually florida.
this is profound this information this insight. we have arrived at the truth. and i think the truth finally they put a florida man in the white house. it's a very small and it never. gets to trial florida man over over everything you know really nothing else needs to be said because. those are the final words. we are florida. we're all florida. i think that's a feeling. this is my dominion. and there's nothing like it.
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